What is a Defibrillator?
An electrical device used to counteract fibrillation of
the heart muscle and restore back to a normal heartbeat by applying
a brief electric shock.
Today's modern AEDs have the following in common:
How To Use
AEDs are easy to use. These AEDs will instruct you with easy to follow, step-by-step verbal instructions throughout the entire rescue process.
All modern AEDs are safe to use by
virtually anyone because these are programmed to deliver a shock
"only" if the patient needs it.
The decision whether the patient needs the defibrillation shock or
not is made by the AED and NOT by the rescuer. Therefore, even
if the rescuer accidentally presses the shock button, the AED will
not deliver the shock.
All electrode pads are single use only (disposable).
These have a sticky gel coating that can dry out with time, that is why these have an expiration date.
Check expiration date periodically and keep a second set of electrode pads as backup.
All AEDs comes with a non-rechargeable lithium battery.
Usually lasts 2 to
5 years in service and then it needs to be replaced.
Early AEDs were Monophasic (less effective).
All modern AEDs are Biphasic, which means, the electrical shock travels in the body from electrode pad A to pad B
and then from pad B to pad A. All of our AEDs are Biphasic.
Types of AEDs
There are two types of AEDs:
Escalating Energy AED: This type of AED will automatically adjust and output (shock patient) with incremental strength of energies if needed. These types of AEDs are more efficient.
Non-Escalating Energy AED:
This type of AED is not capable of escalating energy shocks and it
outputs only one strength of energy.